Colombia Elections: The Specter of Political Assassination

Written on 05/14/2022

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - Every time Colombian leftist presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, who leads opinion polls, steps out in public the scene is striking: he is surrounded by a wall of nervous-looking bodyguards brandishing bulletproof shields.

The specter of assassination is haunting the electoral campaign in which the left has a real chance of taking power for the first time in a country that has a history of po